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Dec 30, 2012 11:00pm EST
are at the department of defense also in the cross hairs, raising new concerns about national security. fox's peter doocy looks at what it could mean. >> reporter: senator lindsey graham told me this morning his phone rang saturday night and was the defense secretary calling saying he was told the bill to avoid the fiscal cliff will not avoid anything for sequestration. so he'll need to write 800 layoff notices to contractors. >> if the president doesn't deal with this, he's a lousy commander-in-chief. if there's a deal done that doesn't set aside the defense cuts, we've already cut out of the it was department, then i'm disappointed in the president as commander-in-chief and the republican party for allowing this possible a party. >> reporter: sequestration is designed to be painful. it was imposed by congress on itself when the super committee didn't work it out. president obama said today the cuts can be offset by raising taxes on the rich. >> we have raised revenue by the wealthy paying a little bit more, then that would be sufficient to turn off the automatic spending cuts, and that also would
Dec 10, 2012 7:00am EST
? it is not just the defense department that gets cut. non-defense, education, health care, across the board getting cut? caller: it would probably only be cut for a short time. host: so, a sacrifice by letting tax rates go up? caller: right, they will start working together if they wind up going off the cliff. host: what do you think about addressing medicare spending? caller: the biggest thing the government has to do is all of the waste in everything. defense, medicare, everything. just go after it. host: is that enough to get through our deficit and debt? caller: and raise the taxes. host: all right. mike come massachusetts, note -- mike, massachusetts. go ahead. caller: i am x military. the only reason i say that is that we have spent $2 trillion on these wars over the last 10 years, which is a whole lot of money and they say they are going to review their approach to these in the future because we get so much money. as far as the entitlements go, what they should do is agree on the taxes for people making under $250,000 per year first, then come back and fix the rest of it. that would
Dec 1, 2012 4:00am PST
. the department of defense is very comprehensively represented here at fleet week this year, more so than ever before. we have a representative from the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and american security affairs in the audience and they were here in august when we did our exercise with the city. fema is well represented and we have several defense coordinating officers here over the past couple of days. certainly the california national guard is represented heavily here. obviously they are going to be the first guys to respond to a disaster and they have several interesting roles not only from a state perspective but as they get federalized or with the dual status commander managing federal response and federal authorities of military authorities flowing in. and most significantly, we're represented today with the commander of northern command, general jackoby. as you know, defense report to civil authorities is not a primary mission area for the department of defense. we have codified it in policy over the years and certainly things have advanced since 9/11 and hurri
Dec 1, 2012 2:15pm EST
that hates america. the pentagon in the department of defense and the only department not subject to audit, that doesn't mean they fail the awe cut or look at all the things they found. they're not subject to audit. what we've been finding figuring out is piece by piece is that for example, since 9/11 in the nine years after 9/11, the pentagon budget went up. the increase in the pentagon budget was $2 trillion. $1 trillion went to the war, the other trillion nobody knows where it went to because the air force has been scaled back, the navy has been scaled back, the army increased margely, but it it's budget was vastly increased. where did the money go? and i think this is a crisis that we're enduring that is going have to require both liberals and conservative to rethink re-examine some of the sacred cows and say we can't afford to say this is off the table for cuts. that's off the table for cuts. nothing is off the table but particularly the waste going on. but also it's not just that they have thrown a lot of money out the window. it's the way they do it. there are two techniques they us
Dec 10, 2012 5:00pm EST
of the state and the department of defense, some from the department of homeland security, department of energy. it's not saying that all of these things are working together but there is a way that there could be more of a concerted action that could be given to this. we need to look at these things not just in the terms of what the u.s. government could do and the government to government. it's how you build the nonproliferation norms in the society themselves. >> i'm going to ask a direct question because the non-proliferation i get that, it makes sense. we always on the government work better and be better coordinated but here's a direct question if anybody else knows the answer please, speegap. how much does the government spend annually? fighting, nonproliferation in the middle east, let's back up again. this is the sum of all fears, this is the middle east. it went through five or six examples when the post war period we've already seen the government in the attacks and thousands of people killed i don't think anybody in this room needs a lesson on the kind of regime and the kind of terr
Dec 12, 2012 4:30am PST
. it takes a whole mix of people whether it's the department of defense and even fema having roles to play in that. bob fenton, the assistant chief of fema, used to be the division chief in division 9. he is no stranger to this area, born and raised here, this is his home and so he does have a care and an interest in this community and beyond. and so with that it is hard to fill being his replacement at the regional level because not only to fill his shoes all the great work he did in this region, but also because when you see the size difference, it's a little hard to fit in there. but this this i want to introduce bob fenton, the response head for fema coming in from dc to help support this and moderate the panel. thank you. (applause). >> well, appreciate it. appreciate the opportunity to be back with friends and back in san francisco. and i appreciate the opportunity to be your lunch speaker. as i always say, lunch is one of may five most important meals of the day so thank you for that. let me introduce my panelists. here to my left, we have a great group here to talk about stor
Dec 27, 2012 11:00am PST
available through the department of defense, as far as on the websites. for families as far as to go to as well, there's military one source, as far as programs. so, families need to get prepared before the deployment happens. get their wills in order, medical power of attorneys, who's going to pay the bills while they're gone, those types of things. if i rent a home or a mortgage. if i'm single, who's going to be taking care of all of that while i'm gone. then once the service member forward deploys, then the families also need support. no only as far as, who the military, but from their communities as well, as kathryn had mentioned before, i mean, we do live out in the communities. in fact, 85 percent, um, of our families actually attend public schools, and 65 percent actually live out into the communities. and so, where our neighbor, we are your neighbor. um, and so, therefore, that we need support from the communities as well. and if i'm not near a military instillation, so, therefore, i don't have those types of services, then it is even more important to make sure that i am acc
Dec 23, 2012 8:00am EST
prepared in the department of defense a plan for a nuclear arsenal of 1,000 nuclear weapons ready nuclear weapons. for us and the soviets. and wanted to submit it to the strategic arms limitation talks but the soviets rejected it out of hand before it was made. so 1,000 would have been good then. it's good now. and maybe even we could go down below that. although there are now other countries with weapons in the hundreds aside from the u.s. and russia. and they would have to be included which is a complication. >> i want to take you to the question of strategy and strategy formulation. there are those who say that the united states has lost its ability to think and to act strategically if you look at for example our involvement in iraq, there are those who say that was strategically unwise and became something that was negative to the united states' broad interests. if you look at where we are now closing in on a fiscal cliff or fiscal crises of our own making that could then become obviously problematic for america's borrowing capabilities and economic health more broadly. have we combat
Dec 10, 2012 8:00pm EST
and components. industry has something to learn from what is happening in the way the defense department is mulling the development of new technologies from basic sciences. >> i have been working for google for the last eight years. larry and sergei were brought together to create google. private industry. google is the epitome of the with the forces come together to create what i think is an innovation now. one thing you have to learn is he wants you to have a healthy disregard for the impossible. that is something that took me quite a while to shift my brain to work that way. i want to bring back to what president faust was talking about. what concerns me greatly because of the house the disregard for the impossible and working with educational institutions, i have great concerns for where we're going as a country and i will give two statistics. some of the numbers i have learned -- the united states is ranked 52nd in terms of the quality of the math and science education. that's something i think we need to focus in on. we are still number-one in innovation. i do not know we can say w
Dec 23, 2012 9:30am EST
on research of the topic. the president of the professional services council urges the department of defense not to repeat the mistakes made in the early '90s when cut were made across the board and the work force was disproportionately impacted. he urges the cuts should now be more strategic. the story on how it is having a negative impact on the profit of vendors selling to the fed's. therefore, it should be no surprise when you see the results of another survey put out by mamarket connections which shows how government contractors arare seekingevenue opportunities oututside the federal government.. >> we havepent recent weeks looking for a holiday g gift from capitol hill. automatic spending cuts due to kick in in a matter of days but we do not have a bomb of coal to shshow for these talks. two of our favorites -- professor peter momorici from the univsity of maryland and jo boak reporter from "the fisc times." i of always been a big believer in capital hill. i used to work ere. i think there are good people trying to do o good things but there is harard to find much good coming o out of
Dec 20, 2012 8:00pm EST
of the conference report to accompany h.r h.r. 43, the department of defense authorization act, for fiscal year 2013, that there be up to an hour of debate equally divided between the two leaders their designees prior to a vote on adoption of the conference report. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: thank you, mr. president. i would note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from illinois u. mr. durbin: i ask con scene the quorum call be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. durbin: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak up to ten minutes each. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. durbin: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the immediate consideration calendar number 566, h.r. 443. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 56, h.r. 443, an act to provide for the conveyance of certain property. the
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm EST
in partnership with the department of development, the millennium challenge program and the department of defense to develop guidelines and for other purposesful the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, and the gentleman will each control 20 minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: i ask that all members have five days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i rise in strong 130r9 of h.r. 3159, introduced by my good friend from texas, judge poe this bill stands for the simple proposition that consistent evaluation and transparency will improve the effectiveness of u.s. developmental assistance around the world. h.r. 3159 will require the president to establish guidelines for measurable goals for monetary -- monitoring and evaluation plans that can be applied with reasonable consistency to all overseas development assistance. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 3159 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserv
Dec 27, 2012 11:30am PST
. and actually, the department of defense has created one. but also, making sure that a curriculum gets built with in all the schools a that, um, offer courses for behavioral health providers or even for our family practice doctors. so, they understand what military culture is and so that's within their practice from then on. but samhsa has a wonderful state policy academy not only as far as educating about the military being out there, but the states themselves getting together talking about ways in which they can make things better for the military. of the state policy academies, we have had 3, and 23 states have been through them already. and so, each of those states now has a strategic plan on how they are going to address the behavioral health needs of their returning veteran and military service member population. and, and we find that the state leadership then gets connected with their adjacent general, they get connected with a, um, give an hour, they get connected with the yellow ribbon, they get connected with all of this sort of state resources that are in that particular state. an
Dec 22, 2012 5:00am PST
is hagel an ideal candidate to lead the department of defense and where is the department of defense going in the future. joining me is glenn greenwald, and we have the former senior adviser to the united nations tour on executions. spencer ackerman, the national security blog for the danger room and elise jordan who worked under condoleezza rice. i will admit, i did not realize chuck hagel was a polarizing figure until this whole thing went down. were you surprised by the reaction to hagel? >> in jewish day school we are taught that chuck hagel will come and drink our blood. so i guess it is not surprising, but the manufactured outrage of this has been just disgusting to see. you saw in a clip that you played, the audio clip, the very next thing he says discusses the contradictory and the counterproductive elements that advocates for israel often engage in, that seems they are now demonstrating right now. that hagel talks about the interest of israel. >> i think there's a strain in washington of people who have actually fought wars unlike the people of the weekly standard who cheer for th
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Dec 13, 2012 7:00pm PST
for the white house and the state department and the department of defense and the cia to explain. i am opt mistsic, but i think that's why susan rice made the announcement today. it is already late. >> greta: just to fill in the blanks, the accountability review board, within the department of the state and tom pickerring and admiral mike mullen are conducting the investigation and the expectation is that on december 20, secretary of state hillary clinton will be testifying on capitol hill before the house foreign relations committee and the senate foreign relations committee and talking about that reports. so presumably, it will be completed before then. but late today, we have been hearing noise that the entire report won't be released. go figure. they may claim dloif classified toze us, but i don't know why the house and the senate wouldn't get the full and complete report. >> it's exactly right. one of the concerns with those who were injured is how they were extracted. the fire fight starts at 9:40 and the department of defense doesn't leave germany until 2:00 p.m. and doesn't get bac
Dec 27, 2012 8:00am PST
suppose so. and that saddens me. frankly, i would like to see a republican over the department of defense. i would like to see a formerly anti-gay republican sitting in the secretary of defense getting rid of don't ask don't tell. i would like to hold his feet to the fire so that we can show the republican party can't evolve on this issue and you don't have to be a crazy white wing conservative who stands by these ideas. >> real quickly, though, i have a couple questions left. if not hagel, then who for defense? >> you know, i don't know. they have plenty of great people sitting over there. maybe plenty of the under secretaries. i pay zero attention to the department of defense. but it will be someone who has a lot on their play with don't ask don't tell, afghanistan for 2013. >> jimmy, great to see you. alex is coming your way next. what's coming up? >> thanks, thomas. we have the latest on how the fiscal deal could get done and why house republicans could think their best bet is to take their ball and get home. we will walk the cliff. tom ronafaruhar and ben white. plus, one man could h
Dec 8, 2012 9:00pm EST
with the national parks service and with the department of defense to bring a events like this throughout the year and concerts' throughout the summer. this memorial is a very sacred place. where we come to visit, to remember, to reflect, and commemorate the defining moments of world war ii. and to honor those who served both on the battlefront and on the home front. and the families left behind. this memorial honors the more than 16 million men and women who served in our armed forces during world war ii. more than 400,000 of those men and women never returned home. and the additional millions that supported the war efforts from america's arsenal of democracy on this home front. the world war ii fought the most destructive war in history. they thought that war against great odds. not only did they fight and win that war and save this nation, but they literally saved the world. this nation will never forget our world war ii veterans, all of our veterans and their families and especially those who gave all their tomorrows. as the 18 or 19-year old, all of pur tomorrow's is a high rice to play so we
Dec 11, 2012 6:00am PST
from our bureau in bangkok. >> the u.s. department of defense has released its latest report on the on going battle with taliban in afghanistan. progress has been made, but much remains to be done. pressing issue, how to best train afghan forces to maintain security. the report released to the u.s. congress on monday. a key claim is that 76% of the country's population lives in areas where afghan police and troops maintain the leading role in security. it also states that attacks by the taliban rose by 1% for the period of april to september, known as the afghan fighting season. the pentagon says increased violence centered on rural areas and security in cities dramatically improved during the same period. since the start of the year, attacks fell 22% in kabul, 62% in kandahar, and 88% in mazhar-i-sharif. compares with 211. critical concerns are also detailed in the report. international forces have been training afghan security forces for years, but the report says very few afghan units are fully dependent from international counterparts when carrying out operations. another
Dec 4, 2012 4:00pm PST
to secure these weapons? >> this is a corn its nest. the department of defense estimates it will take 75,000 u.s. troops to secure on the ground these arsenals. we're not going to put those in. your only chance is to work with the rebel forces and/or have been doing that. given the assets they need to secure the site and bring troops in to remove them. even that is tricky business. >> do you think the national community is inching closer toward some sort of military intervention? >> i think they are. the substantial increase in their armaments and public recognition of the rebel force and if he should cross this line, no question about a direct military intervention. >> thank you for coming in. american politicians have for weeks in which to come to a deal to stop the country falling back into recession. so far, this sides are not very promising. republicans and democrats will have to cut spending by general 1 or face automatic triggers that would cause economic pain here and around the world. the international markets are watching these negotiations very carefully. the sticking point fo
Dec 13, 2012 10:00am EST
of defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the department of energy to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes. . the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i rise to instruct the motion conferees, the national defense authorization for fiscal year 2013, to accept the senate language that requires the plan for promoting the security of afghan women and girls during the security transition process. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: motion to instruct conferees offered by mrs. davis of california. mrs. davis of california moves that the managers on the part of the house at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two houses on the senate amendment to the bill h.r. 4310 be instructed to agree to section 1249 of the senate amendment relating to a plan for promoting the security of afghan women and girls during the secur
Dec 4, 2012 8:00pm PST
, we're going to work across a shouldn't be able to hold up the department of defense bill or in the case of my bringing jobs home act, which is so important for shipping jobs overseas, we had 57 votes but we couldn't get 60 to stop a filibuster and they didn't have to stand on the floor and talk so nobody knew who it was from block us to closing loopholes to bring jobs home. this is common sense. >> so senator, what's your response to mitch mcconnell when he says the filibuster reform is an effort to marginalize the minority party? >> it's crazy. he has been marginalizing the majority party. the last six years, there were 386 filibusters. in the six years that lyndon johnson was the majority leader at that time, there was one. one. because it was only used in the most extraordinary of circumstances. now they do it on everything. everything. even a department of defense bill that ended up passing today 98-0. they still slow walked it every step of the way. >> so does john mccain help you? i mean does his comments give credence to the reform that you're having on this debate
Dec 5, 2012 4:00pm EST
. the department of defense says more than 14,000 jobs previously closed. two women have opened up to them this year. denise? >> all right. thank you, kai. hunt says this lawsuit isn't calling for a certain number of combat positions to be open to women. but instead to give women an equal opportunity to compete for the jobs. >>> in wjz's healthwatch, a new study could change the standard of care in breast cancer treatment. new research suggests women should take tamoxifen for 10 years. twice as long as the current five-year recommendation. researchers at the university of oxford found breast cancer patients who took the drug longer, were less likely to die, and less likely to have their cancer come back. >>> well, a former student at frostburg state university pleads guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing of another student. 24-year-old sean e. liggins entered the plea monday in allegheny circuit court. 19-year-old courtney mccoy died in 2011, after she was stabbed several times. witnesses say the two women were arguing in an off-campus home
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am EST
you might have. >> thank you, administrator. amanda dory from the department of defense. >> ranking member isaacson, i add my thanks for the opportunity to speak of the overlapping challenges and mali and the region this morning and how the department of defense fits into the broad picture of how the u.s. government is addressing the situation. the department of defense is extremely concerned about instability in mali and is working closely with our interagency partners to strengthen efforts countering aqim and affiliates as well as supporting malian efforts to restore its territorial sovereignty. our purchased to support the neighbors to isolate the terrorist threat and enable others to degrade aqim while working to restore malian sovereignty. this approach is consistent with section 7,003 of the fiscal 12th state appropriations act, which prescribes certain assistance to the government of any country who is duly elected government is deposed by a military coup. as a result of the coup in mali, they seized the capacity building efforts with the malian military. since january, 2012,
Dec 8, 2012 10:00am EST
have to be members of the department of defense family. someone asked me the other day, kind of, you know, reflecting on the job of secretary of defense what's the toughest part of this job and what's the most memorable part of this job? and for me, it comes down to the men and women who serve this country in uniform. the toughest part of this job is to have to take the time to write notes to the families of those who have lost loved ones in war. and it's tough because as the father of three sons, recognizing the pain that that family must feel at the loss of a loved one is something that leaves a deep impact on me. and the ability to kind of take the time to write a few words of comfort, and there are no words that you can find that can do justice to the pain that's involved here. but for each one, i try to write a note that not only expresses, obviously, my sorrow, but also says that their loved one loved them, loved their family, loved this country, and gave their life for all they loved. and that makes them an american hero forever. those are the toughest moments in this job. the
Dec 23, 2012 10:30am EST
of defense and the state department and look at 19 high risk posts. >> i didn't want to interrupt, but i have to. so you are going to -- >> yes. >> there were repeated requests to implement security upgrades at tripoli and benghazi. as we look at this report, we know what happened. i would like to know if you intend to put in place a process that would allow for a second review of these requests by another body within the state department? it seems that requests came to one particular individual or desk and it never saw the light of day. >> yes. one of the recommendations -- look at the request and how they are given to us and how we examine those requests. we will learn from incident in libya and be clear about digging into those requests. we have begun to set up individual task to look into this. >> may ask one last question? thank you. how was this decision made and how do we avoid these types of failures for the hiring of contract guards? >> as you know, we relied on -- which we have had for 200 years. we rely on local governments to protect us. we have to do that because we do not have t
Dec 20, 2012 11:00pm EST
. state and defense department officials testified wednesday in a house hearing on a violence in eastern congo. the rebel group m23 captured territory from the troops and seized the city. actor and activist testified about his recent visit to the reaming. it's three hours. the situation the democratic republican of the congo continues to evolve. it's driven by a complex interplay of regional, power dynamics as well as an entry candidate web of economic and social issues. what is clear that the situation in the drc is tragic for the innocent people caught in the conflict. innocent people trying to raise their families and live their lives. as i have fold the media coverage of the situationed in the drc, i can't help but reflect on the manies of innocent people around the world who are caught in fundamentally unjust and socially complex situations. these situations can make anyone's heart break and naturally leads one to consider the simple question what can be done? one thing it sure makes me appreciate our country. you know, i have heard that less than 2% of the people that have ever liv
Dec 26, 2012 1:00pm EST
-of threat posts. with the department of defense, we've deployed five interagency security assessment teams made up of diplomatic and military security experts to 19 posts in 13 countries, an unprecedented cooperation between our departments can at a critical time. these teams have provided us a road map for addressing emerging security challenges. we're also partnering to send on 35 additional marine detachments. that's about 225 marines to medium and high-threat posts where it'll serve as visible te tenderness to hostile tacts. this is on top of the approximately 150 detachments we have already deployed. we are aligning our resources to our 2013 budget request to address physical vulnerability, and we've enforced structures to reduce risk from fire. and let me add, we may need your help in insuring that we have the authority or to streamline the usual processes that produce faster results. we're seeking to hire more than 150 additional diplomatic security personnel, an increase of about 5%, and to provide them with the equipment and training they need. as the arb recommended, we are targe
Dec 22, 2012 10:00am EST
. >> now state and defense department officials and actor and activist ben affleck testified at a hearing on violence in eastern congo where a rebel group has terrorized people. the m-23 rebels are defectors from the army and were recently able to overtake the city of goma despite a large u.n. security presence there. the house armed services committee hosts this hearing. this is three hours. i can't help but reflect on the millions of innocent people around the world who are caught in fundamentally unjust and socially complex situations. these situations can make anyone's heart break and naturally leads one to consider the simple question what can be done. one thing it sure makes me appreciate our country. i have heard that less than 2% of the people that have ever lived here on the earth have lived under the kind of freedoms that we enjoy. we are so blessed. and when we see how innocent lives are -- how people are hurt so much by some of the thing that is are happening around the world, it just again really makes me appreciate home. the question and likewise the answer becomes more comp
Dec 19, 2012 8:00pm EST
of the sinks absolutely essential for america's security. people talk about department of defense initiative. let us not forget department of state. the role they prefer around the world is important to america's defense and assess important as anything else in terms of avoiding war and conflict in the future. but we learned in benghazi is we can't go with inadequate resources and inadequate preparation. congress is going to face a new challenge and i hope it includes making certain america's strong not only to the department of defense, department of state as well. last point if anyone who thought that an internal investigation and accountability review board will cost over what happened in benghazi needs to take a look at this report. ambassador pickering is one of our best. admirable it is also one of her best. the two of them have been extraordinary, candid and frank on a show that analyzing a delicate and tragic situation. [inaudible] >> yes. that was brought up several times. it was the conclusion of the accountability review board that there was no willful misconduct, which is the sta
Dec 19, 2012 9:00am EST
seen -- >> the report. >> no, i have not. >> one of the proposed cutbacks to the defense department floated in the press was to do away with the service secretaries as being duplicative. is the suggestion being given serious consideration? and if not, why not? >> we obviously continue to look at areas where we can achieve efficiencies at the department of defense. and there's no question there is duplication. there is overhead in the bureaucracy of 3 million people. there clearly are areas where we can provide greater efficiencies. we were able -- bob gates before me begin that effort, achieved about, i believe about $150 billion in savings. we've added about 60 to 70 billion on top of that, in terms of further efficiencies. we'll continue to review where greater efficiencies can be achieved. right now, and i asked, i asked that question when he first became secretary. you know, what is the role of the service secretary, vis-À-vis the service chief? and the reality is that there is an important role for them because they are civilians. civilians are involved in providing policy in
Dec 30, 2012 7:00pm PST
led the department of defense to start a crash program to help veterans and civilians by creating an artificial arm and hand that are amazingly human. but that's not the breakthrough. we don't use that word very often, because it's overused. but when you see how they have connected this robotic limb to a human brain, you'll understand why we made the exception. to take this ultimate step, they had to find a person willing to have brain surgery to explore new frontiers of what it is to be human. that person would have to be an explorer with desperate need, remarkable courage, and maybe most of all, a mind that is game. the person they chose is jan scheuermann, a pittsburgh mother of two and writer, with a mind nimble enough to match wits on the "wheel of fortune" in 1995. >> jan scheuermann: i'm going to solve the puzzle. "too cute for words." >> yes! ( cheers and applause ) >> pelley: when her mind triumphed, her brain sent signals of delight to every muscle in her body. but a year after this moment, those brain signals were being cut off. >> scheuermann: one day, i had trouble in
Dec 5, 2012 5:00pm EST
. the department of defense is concerned about instability in mali and is working closely with our interagency partners to strengthen efforts at countering aqim and affiliates as well as supporting maliian efforts to restore territorial sovereignty. our approach is to support mali's neighbors, to isolate the terrorist threat and to enable ecowas and others to degrade aqim while working to enhance maliian sovereignty. this is consistent with the appropriations act which prescribes certain assistance to the government of any country whose duly elected government is edeposed as a result of a coup. slult the coup, d.o.d. has ceased working with the maliian military. there's an ongoing rebellion that's the fourth rebellion since mali gained their independence. the flow of arms from other countries has made it hard for the country to respond. ecowas has brokered and agreement with the parties to establish an interim government but captain sunogo continues to influence decision making in mali. northern mali has become a safe haven for extremists and terrorist groups including aqim and affiliates. as
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